It is history in the making at the United Nations at the moment as more than 150 heads of state, NGOs from around the globe, Nobel Prize winners and media crew are going to descend on the UN headquarters in New York on Friday for the landmark Sustainable Development Summit that coincides with the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly. It is considered to be the biggest launch in history and is the largest gathering ever at the UN. There have been negotiations going on for three years and now is the time when member states will formally adopt Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs which will replace the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs as the new global goals to be accomplished by 2030.
The world UN summit mainly aims to cover and consider almost every aspect of human life out of which the most crucial themes of the SDGs include ending poverty, tackling inequality and combating climate change.India has taken a strong position on the SDGs and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the first few leaders to address the summit on Day one of the SDG summit. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, sanitation, toilets for girls are all very important elements of the SDGs.
What makes the SDGs all the more significant and essential is that one of the 17 goals itself is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and eliminate violence against them. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director stated, “Never before in the 70 year history of the UN have women’s issues taken center stage. This is historic”. The reason for such huge media hype is the visit of the Pope who will address the UN General Assembly on Friday. This is Pope Francis’ first ever visit to the United States.
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